Just as Van Gogh was apparently OK at painting and Oscar Wilde commanded the English language rather splendiferously, some of us are good at some things whilst the rest of us fail miserably. The same goes for CV writing; [a made up figure of] around 5.3% nail it and the majority of us are so … Continue reading How To Market Yourself Better
I really feel sorry for job seekers. Let me just be clear here. How monotonous must it be to repeatedly read advertising copy that bleats on about yet another "fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic blue chip organisation” it’s all a bit trite really isn’t it? Why has this or something equally mundane become the … Continue reading Why are job ads so boring?
"All buzzwords do, is get in the way of the important information that recruiters and hiring managers are trying to find" @animal ...pretty accurate statement that. However in all the years I’ve recruited, I have observed most personal profiles resemble little more than a collection of buzzwords that tells us very little about the relevance … Continue reading How to Make an Impression with Your Personal Profile
An expert. "An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field" - Niels Bohr Some other stuff to read CV Writing Advice Interview Preparation
James Caan wrote in his autobiography “Observe the masses and do the opposite.” This is a pretty powerful message when you consider that, unless you have a patented, unique product or service offering – and let’s be honest here, most don’t – there’s a multitude of businesses out there competing for market share. The recent … Continue reading What HMV Should Have Learned From the Tufty Club
I previously wrote a piece of CV advice that will get you sitting in front of more people but what happens when we get to interview stage? Ok, let’s get the bad news out first…There is no "one size fits all" James Bond kit bag full of solutions to interviews. Each company, vacancy, process, interviewer, … Continue reading One Piece of Nerve Busting Interview Advice
It occurred to me, whilst walking to work recently that Union Street (the Main street in Aberdeen’s city centre) was devoid of its usual 20+ Big Issue sellers, normally this wouldn’t register with me but I began to think, how is it possible that anyone could miss such an opportunity to trade when a) … Continue reading CVs, What’s the Big Issue? 3 Golden Rules to CV Perfection